Kirk Graham reviews 'How To Be An Academic: The thesis whisperer reveals all' by Inger Mewburn

Kirk Graham reviews 'How To Be An Academic: The thesis whisperer reveals all' by Inger Mewburn

How To Be An Academic: The thesis whisperer reveals all

by Inger Mewburn

NewSouth, $24.99 pb, 328 pp, 9781742235073

The idea that academia is a meritocracy in which intelligence and hard work will inevitably result in a long and storied career sounds these days like the foundation myth of a dead religion. Inger Mewburn’s How to Be an Academic is a salve for people such as myself who were silly enough to pursue a research career anyway. Bringing together some of the more popular posts from her blog, ‘The Thesis Whisperer’, Mewburn’s book is alternately a survival guide and a resistance manual for the modern university workplace.

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Kirk Graham

Kirk Graham

Kirk Graham is a PhD student in history at the University of Queensland.

Published in March 2018, no. 399

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